SOA Protesters on Trial Today

Sixteen people who crossed the line last November at the annual protest of the School of Americas stood trial and were sentenced today. Complete details are available at www.soaw.org.

One of the defendants is PPF member Phil Gates, who recently served as an accompanier in Colombia. Phil's sentence is 60 days in federal prison. Please keep him and the other soon-to-be prisoners of conscience in your prayers as they continue in this witness.

Recently Phil wrote the following before travelling to the trial:

CPT Kidnap Victims Forive Captors

UNITED KINGDOM: Statement by Norman Kember, James Loney, and Harmeet Singh Sooden regarding the prosecution of their kidnappers

[Note: Norman Kember, Harmeet Singh Sooden and CPTer James Loney delivered the following statement at a press conference today in London at 10:30 a.m. GMT]

Phil Gates on Crossing the Line at Ft. Benning

DR. PHILIP E. GATES
145 N. ROCKY DELLS DR.
PRESCOTT, AZ 86303
928-541-9458
drmsg@aol.com

November 24, 2006

Friends:

Poem for Darfur by George R. Pasley

My God my God
What have we done?

Nothing.

We have done nothing and
300,000
Maybe 400,000
Are dead,
Their voices no longer sing in the fields
Or laugh in the villages
Or pray in hope to you
But their cries of terror
Haunt us now,

And we prod each other,
Saying, “What can we do?”
Wringing our hands
“What can we do?”
Pointing our fingers.

My God my God
What have we done?

PPF Statement on Mid East Crisis

Once again we hear Jesus’ cry:
If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!
Through tears we grieve and pray for those in Lebanon, Israel and Palestine

who live in fear for their lives
who are shelled by bombs or rockets
who are captured for bargaining
who are imprisoned without trial

and for all those who have lost loved ones.
We pray for those who take the ways of violence to address the violence they have experienced, that they may find the ways that make for peace.

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